Friday, December 21, 2018

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Hi Blog Friends!

Are you ready for Christmas?
I'll be starting my Christmas Day meal preparations in a few days.
HOPEFULLY, our daughter will be well enough by Christmas to partake in the meal.
She came home sick & took a turn for the worst the other day.
She is slowly getting better.
I've been up a few nights with her, so I've been trying to catch up on my sleep,
 to be ready for all the meal prepping.
The tree is up, but is lacking all of the decorations! LOL
HOPEFULLY, we'll get to that today.

So today, I have one more Christmas project for you.
My post is short & sweet!
I've named it, 
"I'll Be Home For Christmas," 
 it tells a little story. 

It's perfect for the Christmas Table---
 A Christmas Luminary.

The first side--- 
"Christmas Greetings."
Where the story begins.
Santa is on his way....
I used
 Spellbinders- Christmas Village Vignette Die,
from the November Amazing Paper Grace- Die of the Month Club!
Red card stock- (SU) on white to highlight this GORGEOUS die!
The Grafix- Vellum has little specks on it that glisten like little snowflakes!

The second side of the luminary in my story...
living in the city, maybe going to school/working,
everything snow covered, a little neighborhood......
All of the dies used are from the kit,
except for the tabbed portion--which comes from the Grand Cabinet Vignette, 
& coordinates with this Die of the Month!
And, the only other die not from this kit is the snowflake in the lower left hand corner-
Its by Poppy Stamps- Callum Stitched Snowflake-cut from Best Occasions- Glitter Paper,
& I topped it off with Studio 18-Rhinestones.
This was the last embellishment I added.

The third side of my luminary-
 Traveling through the snow, passing the woods, or an orchard on the way "home."
I added glitter for snow on all of the little scenes! 
I used a combination of MS-Crystal Fine & SU- Dazzling Diamonds.
I glued the little tabs together on the sides from the Grand Cabinet Vignette Die 
 to create my luminary.
 It folds flat for storage or mailing.

The last side of my luminary-
We've reached "home,"
 in the country, where all of the family are gathered.....
Lots of snowy hills & trees, & everyone is snug inside of their family home together for Christmas,
maybe gathered around the tree with a fire in the fireplace & stockings hung, ready for Santa's visit.

I added small pearls by Kaiser- just on a part of the sides, along with those sweet little Holly Leaves from the kit,  & Nuvo Crystal Drops for the berries.

HOPE you like!

#Spellbinders Club Kits
# NeverStopMaking 

***This luminary was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 22, 2018" on SCS!***

Celebrate the reason for the season,

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
*Multi-Med. Matte
*LED T Light-Hobby Lobby
*Big Shot

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Narnia Christmas!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today to show you what I've been working on.....
My Christmas Cards for 2018!

I'll be entering my cards in
Simon Says Stamp 
Christmas Card Day 
Found here: 

And I'll be entering my cards in
Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge:
Assembly Line Stamping
I fell in love with 
PTI's- Fairy Tale Christmas Kit 
 when it came out & had to have it!
That is what I've used for my card/s.
I LOVE Betsy's Kits!
She thinks of EVERYTHING!
  I also have a few versions of my card for you  too.
(I'll be listing the supplies at the end of my post.)

If you haven't read or seen the movie Narnia,
all you need to know is,
 that the lamp post signifies Christ,
 as the one who leads the way....

A Narnia Christmas
This is my first version---
 For assembly line creating, 
Step One- I  stenciled the trees/ sponging on sky color
onto a light blue paper.
I thought the trees looked like it was a VERY snowy night, as you can only see a light outline of them, not to mention the lamp light would shine off of the snow & trees....
leaving a glow.
 Step Two- I used my stencil & modeling paste to create the snow flakes & the ground
 the characters are standing on.
Step Three- I used my stencil & applied the Mousse.
The  light rays of the lamp are done with Nuvo- Mousse Indian Gold (also in the kit),
& applied with a Nuvo- DBL Tipped Brush.

Step Four- I adhered the Lamp Post.
The lamp post is nearly the only thing that didn't come in the kit & it is by
Poppy Stamps- Old Fashioned Lamp Post.
(I altered it just a bit.)

Step Five- As things were drying, I die cut, stamped & colored the little characters. 
I thought these little cuties looking up were perfect, along with the woodland creatures---
drawn to the lamp & light,
as in Narnia.

This is the inside for all of my cards:
The inside sentiment is by:
 Impression Obsession- 20596 by Alesa Baker Designs
When I found it, I KNEW it was perfect for this card!
The "Merry Christmas" is from the PTI- Fairy Tale Christmas 
& the strip at the bottom is a piece I trimmed off of the main background from the front panel.
Step Six-As things dry, cut & score the card base, & all of the layers & stamp the inside sentiment. 
Step Seven- Die cut the corners & adhered them.

Step Eight- Assemble.
I so enjoyed making these. 
It took a while to make them, as the steps are involved,
 washing the stencil between each use for perfect results each time,
 & space & time to spread them out for drying.
(Space is something that I lack...) ;)
But, that is how we make all of our cards, isn't it?
Step by step!

Here is my second version:
Here I colored in the trees with a black Faber Castell Pitt Pen,
after using the stencil & sponging on the sky colors, & before using the mousse.
There is a stamp for stamping the trees whatever color you like in the kit, but it is small.
For this second version,  I stenciled the trees on white paper & then colored in the trees, leaving a touch of white for snow on the edges & adding some Signo White Pen where necessary.

All of the steps are done the very same as the first cards I've showed you.

I did one more,
 my third version, by just stenciling the trees, sponging on the sky colors
 on white paper & leaving the trees white.
It's fun to just try different versions of the same card......

Step Nine- & Lastly, I made red envelopes for them...
Cards just aren't finished without envelopes for sending them in!

I always like to slip my cards into the envelopes face up,
so when the recipient opens the envelope they get to see the card right off! 
No fumbling with flipping it over.

Which one do you like the best?
The first with the blue trees?
The second with the black trees?
Or the third with the white trees?

I'm torn between the first version with the blue trees, & the second with the black trees! LOL

Are you done with your Christmas Cards yet?

***This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 14, 2018" on SCS!"
******This card was chosen "FAVORITES FOR THE BEST OF 2018" on SCS!!!****** 

Wishing you a "Fairytale Christmas!"

Supplies not mentioned above:
* My final card dimensions are: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
* PTI- Fairy Tale Christmas Stencils
* Strathmore Bristol Paper
*Oxide Inks
PTI- Sunburst Stencil Collection
*Dick Blick- Acrylic Modeling Paste
*Imagine Crafts Palette Knife
*MS- Crystal Clear Glitter
*SU- Dazzling Diamonds- mixed
*Memento Ink
*Spectrum Noir Markers
*Zig Millenium Pens
*Paper Studio Paper
*Paper Studio- Rhinestones
*Scotch ATG
*Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*EK Success- Tweezers
*Ek Success- Scissors
*Gold Foil- Spellbinders & Recollections
*SU- Corner Rounder Hand Held Punch
*SU- Ink
*WRMK- Envelope Board
*Washi Tape
*Score Buddy


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

PTI- Make It Monday #344- Deck Your Dies!

Hi Blog Friends!
Here today with a card for 
Paper Trey Inks' 
Make It Monday Challenge #344:
Deck Your Dies
(Decking out your dies/dressing them up)
Hosted by: 
Melissa  Phillips
Found here:
I follow Melissa's blog & I have to tell you, she comes out with some GORGEOUS CREATIONS!
One can learn so much from a person of talent like Melissa!
So, I had to play along of course! ;)
This will be a card for someone who LOVES socks! 
And who doesn't love a Christmas Stocking?
Take a look:
Warm & Fuzzy
 First of all, the designer paper I used looks like knit material- the red paper.
What is more cozy & fuzzy than knits?
The paper is by 
Recollections- Christmas Cabin.

I used PTI-To The Point Edgers II & PTI- Pleasing Envelopes to create the top panel.
I also used PTI- Corner Adorner- April with Versa Mark Ink & Stampendous EP, 
along with Hero Arts- EP to create a frosty edge around my focal point--"decking out my die!"

My focal point is done with PTI- Warm & Fuzzy Stamps & Dies. 
I cut the little stocking from felt, "decking out my die" again!
(There are so many fun ways to deck out or dress up your dies!)

Lastly, I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins & Nuvo Crystal Drops.

HOPE you like & find some Warm & Fuzzy Socks to wear, or to hang up over your fireplace!

*** This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 8th, 2018" on SCS!***

Keep those toes warm!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Marvy Jewel Picker
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Glossy Accents
*Inks- SU